Thailand bounce back in style

Thailand bounce back in style

Thailand players celebrate a point against Australia in the AVC Cup 2022.
Thailand players celebrate a point against Australia in the AVC Cup 2022.

Thailand bounced back from their opening Pool B loss with a 3-0 victory over Australia in the preliminary round of the AVC Cup for Women 2022 at Pasig City's PhilSports Arena in the Philippines on Monday.

Thailand, who finished eighth in the FIVB Nations League 2022 in Turkey last month, were beaten by Japan 3-0 in their opener on Sunday.

Pimpichaya Kokram and Chatchu-on Moksri were the standout players in the opening set against Australia as Thailand cruised to an easy 25-9 victory.

Australia raised their game in the second set and and managed to take a 23-21 lead. But Thailand regrouped and fought back to tie at 24-24 before prevailing 27-25.

With their confidence sky high, the Thais eased through the third set before wrapping up the match with a 25-13 win.

Earlier, Japan won their second game of the tournament after they beat Taiwan 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22).

In Pool A, China also claimed their second straight win when they edged Vietnam 3-2 (25-12, 25-6, 29-31, 21-25, 15-12).

They had beaten Korea in their opener on Sunday.

Iran and South Korea were due to meet later last night.

The hosts Philippines, who lost to Vietnam 3-0 on Sunday, had a rest day on Monday.

Thailand will play Taiwan on Wednesday. The match will be shown live on PPTV HD, starting at 2.45pm.

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